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Áine Regan

Research Officer

Research Interests

Áine is a Research Officer in the Rural Economy and Development Programme (REDP). Her research aims to understand the behaviours of actors along the agri-food value chain to support innovation and improved quality of life at farm level. Employing quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, Áine uses models of behaviour to understand the range of factors which influence attitudes, values, motivations and behaviours of different actors (e.g. consumers, farmers, policy-makers and scientists). She also has a particular interest in frameworks used for inclusive governance of science and risk issues in the agri-food sector (e.g. Public Engagement, Responsible Research and Innovation).

Current Projects

  • 2019-2022: New IACS Vision in Action (NIVA). Use Case: User-centred development of a smartphone app for geo-tagged photos. Funded by Horizon 2020, European Union.
  • 2019-2023: ‘Smart Farming’ in Ireland: A user-centred approach to understanding farmers’ engagement with digital technologies. Teagasc Funded Walsh Fellowship.
  • 2019-2021: Use of antimicrobials in animal health on the island of Ireland: knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. Funded by Safefood, Ireland.
  • 2018-2023: Farm Advisory digital Innovation tools Realised and Shared (FAIRshare). Funded by Horizon 2020, European Union.
  • 2018-2020: Surveillance Welfare and Biosecurity of Farmed Animals (SWAB). Funded by Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland.
  • 2018-2020: Digital Behaviour – Behavioural science to support digital technologies in agriculture. Internal Teagasc-funded GIA Project.


2010-2014: PhD, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Population Science, University College Dublin

2009-2010: MSc Health Psychology, NUI Galway

2006-2009: BA (Hons.) Psychology, NUI Galway

  • Regan, Á. (2019). ‘Smart farming’ in Ireland: A risk perception study with key governance actors. NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, In Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.njas.2019.02.003
  • Regan, Á. & Henchion, M. (2019). Making sense of altmetrics: The perceived threats and opportunities for academic identity. Science and Public Policy, scz001. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1093/scipol/scz001
  • Regan, Á. Henchion, M., & McIntyre, B. (2018). Ethical, moral and social dimensions in farm production practices: A segmentation study to assess Irish consumers’ perceptions of meat quality. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, 57, 9-14. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijafr-2018-0002
  • Regan, Á. Potvin Kent, M., Raats, M., McConnon, Á., Wall, P., & Dubois, L. (2017). Applying a Consumer Behaviour Lens to Salt Reduction Initiatives. Nutrients, 9 (8), 901. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/nu9080901
  • Devaney, L., Henchion, M., & Regan, Á. (2017). Good Governance in the Bioeconomy. Eurochoices, 16(2), 41-46. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1746-692X.12141|
  • Regan, Á., McConnon, Á., & Holah, J. (2016). Making sense of adherence to personal hygiene in the food industry. In Lelieveld, H., Holah, J., & Gabric, D. Handbook of Hygiene Control in the Food Industry, Second Edition. Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing. 
  • Regan, Á. , McConnon, Á., Shan, L. C., Wall, P. (2016). Perspectives of the public on reducing population salt intake in Ireland. Public Health Nutrition, 19(7), 1327-1335. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980015002530
  • Regan, Á., McConnon, Á., Shan, L. C., Raats, M., & Wall, P. (2016). Risk communication and social media during food safety crises: A study of Stakeholders’ opinions in Ireland. Journal of Risk Research, 19(1), 119-133. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2014.961517
  • Regan, Á., Marcu, A., Shan, L. C., Wall, P., Barnett, J., & McConnon, Á. (2015). Conceptualising responsibility in the aftermath of the horsemeat adulteration incident: An online study with Irish and UK consumers. Health, Risk & Society, 17(2), 149-167. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13698575.2015.1030367
  • Regan, Á., McConnon, Á., Kuttschreuter, M., Rutsaert, P., Shan, L. C., Pieniak, Z., Barnett, J., Verbeke, W., & Wall, P. (2014). The impact of communicating conflicting risk and benefit messages: an experimental study on red meat information. Food Quality and Preference, 38, 107-114. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2014.05.019
  • Shan, L., Regan, Á., De Brún, A., Barnett, J., van der Sanden, M. C. A., Wall, P., & McConnon, Á. (2014). Food crisis coverage by social and traditional media: A case study of the 2008 Irish dioxin crisis. Public Understanding of Science, 23(8), 911-928. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662512472315
  • Rutsaert, P., Regan, Á., Pieniak, Z., McConnon, Á., Moss, A., Wall, P., & Verbeke, W. (2013). The use of social media in food risk and benefit communication. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 30, 84-91. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tifs.2012.10.006